We are happy to share expertise in scientific projects addressing defined questions which can benefit from: (i) electron microscopy (scanning and transmission), including ultrastructural cytochemistry; (ii) high-resolution and high-throughput confocal microscopy, for live-cell imaging and immunolabelling; (iii) multiphoton microscopy to image tissues and organs for several hours without damage; and (iv) advanced applications by confocal microscopy, including dynamics of molecular movement by Fluorescence Recovery After Photobleaching (FRAP), protein dimerization by Bimolecular Fluorescence Complementation (BiFC), in situ detection of free radicals (ROS) at distinct subcellular compartments, and protein:protein interactions by FRET, etc. In addition, we propose advanced images analyses such as deconvolution, 3-D reconstruction, morphometry, objective co-localization, etc.




1. Basic training and supervision of routine imaging.


2. Advanced training destined for independent, registered platform users.


3. Sophisticated methods for preparation of biological samples (cells, tissues and organs). 


4. Fluorescence imaging on fixed cells and tissues.

Salivary glands explants (unpublished data).






Acquired with Stereomicroscope Discovery V1


5. Fluorescence imaging on living cells: cell migration. 

Migration of epithelial cells (Platek et al, 2004).

Acquired with Axiovision


6. High-resolution confocal imaging on fixed cells, tissues and organs.

Triple (immuno)labelling of fibroblasts.

Acquired with LSM510


7. High-resolution confocal imaging on living cells. 

Vital imaging of stable submicrometric membrane lipid domains (D’auria et al, 2013).

Acquired with LSM510


8. High-throughput confocal microscopy.

Triple (immuno)labelling. 
Acquired with COSD


9. Vital cell and subcellular imaging with particle tracking.


10. Extended tissue and organ imaging without damage by multiphoton microscopy.


11. Advanced applications by confocal microscopy:

  • Dynamics of molecular movement (Fluorescence Recovery After photobleaching: FRAP).

Acquired with LSM510

  • Protein:protein interaction (Forster resonance energy transfer: FRET). TCR/CD8 interaction (Demotte et al, 2010).

Acquired with LSM510

  • Protein dimerization by fluorescence complementation: BiFC.

Acquired with LSM510

  • In situ detection of free radicals (ROS). Differential ROS localization (Denamur, Tyteca et al, 2011).

Acquired with LSM510

  • In situ analysis of membrane:drug interaction.
  • Dynamics of lipid and protein membrane domains.
  • Ratiometric microscopy.

12. Advanced off-line image analysis:

  • Size distribution of liposomes (Fa et al, 2007).

Acquired with Axiovision


  • Colocalization analysis using line intensity profiles (Veiga-Da-Cunha et al, 2010).

Acquired with LSM510


  • 3D-deconvolution and reconstruction.

Acquired with COSD